Public Safety Grant News 2013

 

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$4,442,104 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 1 AFG 2013

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Apr. 18, 2014 - Award rounds have begun for the FY2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the first award round.

 

FEMA awarded $4,442,104 to 43 Fire Service organizations throughout the US. Awards ranged from a $5,938 Equipment Fire Grant, awarded to the Town of Menasha, Neenah, WI, to a $363,969 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Fire Grant, awarded to the Allentown Fire Department, Allentown, PA.

 

Round 1 award allocations:

 

  • Operations & Safety: 40 awards, $3,856,637
  • Vehicles: 0 awards, $0
  • State Fire Training Academy: 3 awards, $585,467

 

Total FY2013 appropriations are $280,163,233: $201,717,528 for Operations & Safety fire grants, $70,040,808 for Vehicle fire grants, and $8,404,897 for State Fire Training Academy fire grants.

 

The average award is:

 

  • Operations & Safety: $197,860,891 (98%)
  • Vehicles: $70,040,808 (100%)
  • State Fire Training Academy: $7,819,430 (93%)

 

An estimated 49 award rounds remain. Our thanks to onebugle at the Firehouse.com forums for compiling these statistics.

 

See the full FY2013 AFG fire grant award list here. Check back weekly for more AFG award updates!

 

 

$654,981 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 16 SAFER 2013

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Apr. 4, 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the sixteenth award round for the FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded one Hiring grant, in the amount of $654,981, to the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, Bayfield, CO.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

FY2009 SAFER Closeout Module

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Apr. 2, 2014 - Grant closeout report forms are now available for completion in the e-Grants system for FY2009 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) awardees (EMW-2009-XX-XXXXX) who have reached the end of the period of performance. For FY2009 SAFER awardees that are still within their period of performance, you will have 90 days after the end of the period of performance to submit the closeout report.

 

Failure to submit the closeout report by the due date will affect the department's ability to obtain reimbursements on all current grants as well as receive future funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).

 

NOTE: The closeout forms for FY2010 SAFER cannot be completed online at this time. Paper closeout forms are available for SAFER grantees FY2005 through FY2008 (EMW-2008-XX-XXXXX). To request a SAFER closeout package for FY2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008 contact the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 (by e-mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov).

 

 

Upcoming AFG Events and Exhibits

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Apr. 2, 2014 - Visit the AFG exhibit booth #4344 at Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN, April 7-12, 2014.

 

AFG Town Hall Presentation at FDIC, Friday, April 11, 10:30 – 12:15 pm. This presentation will provide an interactive experience for you to bring all of your questions regarding the AFG Program. AFG staff will provide the latest programmatic updates, discuss current and future funding priorities as well as provide important updates on "hot issues" impacting applicants and grantees such as P25 Compliant Communications, National Consensus Standards, Changes in the use of Excess Funds, Period of Performance Requirements, Procurement Requirements, Registration Requirements in SAM.gov, and much more. If you are applying for, or have an AFG grant, you don’t want to miss this presentation.

 

Visit the AFG exhibit booth at the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), Washington, DC, April 30 – May 1, 2014.

 

 

$2,035,995 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 15 SAFER 2013

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 28, 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fifteenth award round for the FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded 3 Fire grants, totaling $2,035,995, to departments around the country:

 

  • Falkville Fire Department, Falkville, AL, Recruitment, $542,807
  • Orcas Fire and Rescue, Eastsound, WA, Recruitment, $674,794
  • North Attleboro Fire Dept, North Attleboro, MA, Hiring, $818,394

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

$11,927,407 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 14 SAFER 2013

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 21, 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the fourteenth award round for the FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded 10 Fire grants, totaling $11,927,407, to departments around the country. Award amounts ranged from a $176,800 Recruitment grant, awarded to the Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Department, Lansdale, PA, to a $2,063,988 Hiring grant, awarded to the Papillion Fire Department, Papillion, NE.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

Friday, March 21: Last Day To Apply For FY2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 17, 2014 - If you have last-minute questions about applying for a FP&S grant, or are having technical problems with the electronic application, call the Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or send an e-mail to firegrants@fema.dhs.gov. The Help Desk staff will be on hand to help applicants through the end of the application period. The deadline to submit your applications is 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Late applications will not be accepted.

 

Have Last-Minute Questions or Problems?

 

  • Having computer or technical problems? Problems such as expired passwords, technical malfunctions, or loss of internet access, will not be accepted as excuses for late submissions. If you are having a technical problem with submitting your application, you must report the problem to the Help Desk before the application deadline of 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Formal submission of the completed application is required. Many applications appear to be nearly complete or are 100 percent complete but have not been submitted formally into the electronic e-Grant application system. No application will be processed automatically or considered for funding unless the applicant properly submits the request and receives a subsequent e-mail confirmation.
  • No confirmation e-mail received? If you have submitted your application but not yet received an e-mail confirmation in your e-Grant application mailbox, contact the Help Desk at once at 1-866-274-0960. All applicants should receive an e-mail confirmation to document their submissions.

 

It's Not Too Late to Start Your Application

 

Download and read the FY 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Funding Opportunity Announcement. It explains the purpose of the grant program, activities eligible for support, eligibility criteria, award criteria, application instructions, and Federal requirements for grantees.

 

Visit the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants web page on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Website (www.fema.gov/firegrants) and use the additional application resources below to help you develop your grant application.

 

Complete your application at the AFG E-Grant Application Access page: https://edit.fema.gov/e-grant-application-access

 

Formally submit your application by Friday, March 21, 2014 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

 

$5,811,652 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 13 SAFER 2013

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 14, 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the thirteenth award round for the FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded 13 Fire grants, totaling $5,811,652, to departments around the country. Award amounts ranged from a $69,920 Recruitment grant, awarded to the Edgewater Fire Rescue, Edgewater, FL, to a $910,000 Hiring grant, awarded to the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Inc., Hyattsville, MD.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

FEMA Seeks Public Input on the Hazard Mitigaton Grant Program: Program Administration by States

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 12, 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Program Administration by States. FEMA is seeking public comment on implementing Section 404(c) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170c(c), regarding administration of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

 

The public's input will help inform the development of this new method of program delivery that may provide states and tribes with increased oversight as they implement the grant program. The Notice contains a series of questions about various aspects on state administration of the HMGP. The concerns and recommendations raised by the public will be used to guide development of program regulations.

 

The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA) was signed by the President on January 29, 2013. The goal of SRIA is to establish efficiencies in Federal disaster recovery programs that will expedite the recovery process and reduce costs.

 

A piece of SRIA provided FEMA with the authority to implement HMGP Program Administration by States (PAS) as a pilot program concurrently with the development of regulations that will formalize the program. The Pilot was initiated in April 2013. States and tribes that wish to participate in the Pilot may be delegated defined responsibilities by FEMA based on an analysis of their staffing plan, grants management, and hazard mitigation experience, and demonstrated past performance. In return, for assuming additional responsibilities, Grantees will have increased control and oversight in implementing the program. Implementation of the Pilot helped guide the development of many of the questions included in the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

 

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of the notice. FEMA also specifically invites comments that relate to the economic, environmental, or Federalism effects that might result from implementation of any final rule stemming from this notice. All comments received will be posted, without change, including personal information provided to www.regulations.gov. Comments submitted must include the Docket ID for this rulemaking, FEMA-2014-0013. The deadline for public comments is May 12, 2014.

 

More information on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program may be found on FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.

 

Information about the Program Administration by States Pilot can be found at http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance-sandy-recovery-improvement-act.

 

 

It's the Data: 5 Stats Sources for Your Next Grant Application

First Responder Grants

 

Mar. 12, 2014 - An effective, competitive grant application is supported by solid facts and data. But where do you find all those stats and figures?

 

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$2,890,836 in Fire Grants Awarded in Round 12 SAFER 2013

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 7, 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the twelfth award round for the FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER).

 

FEMA awarded 7 Fire grants, totaling $2,890,836, to departments around the country. Award amounts ranged from a $162,000 Recruitment grant, awarded to the North Spartanburg Fire and Emergency Services District, Spartanburg, SC, to a $832,596 Hiring grant, awarded to the Hobart Fire Department, Hobart, IN.

 

See the full SAFER award list here. Check back weekly for more SAFER award updates!

 

 

The Council on Financial Reform (COFAR) Fraud Alert

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 6, 2014 - Background: The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) asked federal agencies to share the fraud alert message below from OMB with grant applicants and recipients.

 

"Over the past few months, the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) has received inquiries and complaints from persons targeted by a fraudulent grants scheme. Let me state clearly and unequivocally, the COFAR is not a grant making organization. The COFAR will never request banking information, social security numbers, or other personally identifiable information to facilitate the issuance of a 'grant.'"

 

According to reports, the scam artist claims to represent the COFAR when contacting the individual. Victims are told they have been selected to receive a government grant ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. In order to receive the grant money, the representative explains a "processing fee" ranging between $150 and $700 must be paid and asks individuals for bank account information.

 

If you have received reports from anyone who may have been a victim of a government grant scam, please ask them to file a complaint with the FTC online, or call toll-free,1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

 

 

SAM.gov Registration Required to Submit Your FY2013 Fire Prevention Application

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 6, 2014 - A valid registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), will be required in order to submit any AFG program application. Federal law now requires that applicants to Federal grant programs have a valid registration within SAM.gov at the time of registration. Applicants will be asked to affirm that they have a current registration prior to submitting their application.

 

As part of the SAM.gov registration process, every eligible grantee must have their SAM.gov account validated through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have their CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code validated in order to be eligible for award. These validations are conducted as part of the registration process after the organization has submitted their SAM.gov registration.

 

A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award. A valid SAM.gov registration is now also required for any payment or amendment request to an existing, open award.

 

Don't delay, register today by visiting SAM.gov. SAM.gov is administered through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Technical assistance may be obtained through the Federal Service Desk at 866-606-8220.

 

 

Attention All FY2013 AFG Applicants: Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Delays

Fire Grant News - FEMA

 

Mar. 4, 2014 - If you applied for FY2013 AFG funding, FEMA strongly recommends that you do the following now to avoid unnecessary delays to any potential award:

 

1. Check your organization's System for Award Management (SAM) registration at www.sam.gov

 

Ensure that your organization's registration is "Active" and that the information is current. All applicants are required to be registered in SAM.gov at the time of application. No awards will be made to applicants that do not have Active registrations in SAM.gov.

 

Remember, there is never a fee to register or renew your registration in SAM.gov. If you need technical assistance with SAM, contact the SAM Helpdesk at 866-606-8220, 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday.

 

2. Check the expiration date of your SAM.gov registration. Do not allow it to expire!

 

The expiration date will be listed near the top of the account information. Your SAM registration must be updated and revalidated every 12 months from the date of registration, or it will expire. If your registration is due to expire in the next few months, find out now who will be responsible for updating the SAM.gov information so that it does not expire.

 

3. If you received an AFG award in the past, please check the information in your online Direct Deposit form (SF-1199A).

 

Be sure that the information is both correct and matches the data in your SAM.gov registration. If the data in your Direct Deposit form and SAM.gov registration are incorrect and/or do not match, your award will be delayed until they are corrected.

 

Be certain that the following data are correct and matching in SAM:

 

  • DUNS Number: Must match the DUNS number in your application
  • Payee Address: Must match exactly ONE of these addresses in the SAM.gov account: Physical, Mailing, or Remittance
  • Employer ID Number (EIN or Tax ID Number)
  • Type of Bank Account (Checking or Savings)
  • Bank Routing Number
  • Bank Account Number

 

4. If you have been awarded AFG funds in the past, ensure that your organization has submitted all of the required closeout reports.

 

Grant closeout reports should be submitted online for all AFG and Fire Prevention and Safety awards from fiscal years (FY) 2010 and earlier, e.g., EMW-2010-XX-XXXXX, EMW-2009-XX-XXXXX, unless you received an approved amendment to extend the period of performance.

 

SAFER grant closeouts for FY 2005 to 2008 must be submitted using the forms that are provided to grantees 90 days before closeouts are due.

 

If you have not submitted closeout reports for these awards, new awards will be delayed until the outstanding closeout reports have been submitted. Contact the AFG Helpdesk for more information at 866-274-0960 or by e-mail at firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

 

REMINDER: For all FY 2009 AFG and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, closeout reports must be submitted no later than June 30, 2014, and all eligible payment requests must be submitted no later than September 15, 2014.

 

5. Be certain that you have completed the required semiannual Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) for all grants that have open periods of performance.

 

These financial reports are required every 6 months during the period of performance regardless of whether you have received any grant payments. These reports are submitted online in the AFG e-Grants system.

 

Contact the AFG Helpdesk if you need information on locating the SF-425 report screen.

 

Again, if these reports are not submitted, any potential new award will be delayed until the required SF-425 reports have been received.